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who I am




Sotirios Bahtsetzis is a writer, curator and lecturer. He is currently Adjunct Professor in History of Art at the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts of the Deree - The American College of Greece, Athens (GR) and Visiting Professor at the European Culture Program of the Hellenic Open University, Patras (GR).
His undergraduate and postgraduate training was carried out at the Technical University in Berlin (D). He holds a PhD on Art History (Geschichte der Installation. Situative Erfahrungsgestaltung in der Kunst der Moderne) with scholarships of the Berlin Funding for Graduates (NaFöG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is a Fulbright Research Scholar. Bahtsetzis' research fellowships include appointments at the Columbia University, New York (USA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (USA), the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris (FR) and the Museum of Installation, London (UK).
He has taught history and theory of modern and contemporary art at the Architecture Department of Patras University (GR), the Architecture Department of the University of Thessalia (GR), the National School of Dance in Athens (GR) and the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at the London Metropolitan University (UK). He was visiting lecturer at the IPP Museology of the Aristotle University/ University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki (GR) and the Institut Hyperwerk for Postindustrial Design Academy of Art and Design, FHNW, Basel (CH).
Bahtsetzis research interests include Installation Art, Theory of Curating, Socially Engaged Art, Image Theory-Epistemologies of Vision, Media Phenomenology, Immaterial Economy-Economies of Attention, and Posthumanism.
Bahtsetzis is the Research Director of ArtBOX, Creative Arts Management and worked on a number of projects, such as Artecitya. Envisioning the City of Tomorrow (Goethe Institut Thessaloniki); LABattoir. Art for Social Change (Municipality of Thessaloniki), EnterViews on Crisis, Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art). Bahtsetzis is also Co-Director of AthenSYN, an initiative aiming at building an infrastructure and a network to foster the presentation of Greek contemporary art internationally. He acts as a consultant to the projects Avtonomi Akadimia and Hyle in Athens.
Bahtsetzis writes essays accompanying group and one-man exhibitions and contributes to art and theory magazines (e-flux, afterimage, etc.) He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and AICA (International Art Critics Association).